The research focus of Kai-Nan An, Ph.D., is on soft tissue mechanics, including tissue regeneration and noninvasive assessment using medical imaging such as magnetic resonance elastography and ultrasound. Ongoing studies are targeted toward mechanical and biochemical factors influencing soft tissue integrity, performance and remodeling.
- Biomechanics of upper extremities. This research includes exploring the etiologies and treatment modality of disorders related to the joint, bone and soft tissue.
- Sports and rehabilitation medicine. Dr. An is developing methods for image-based, noninvasive diagnosis and conservative treatment associated with soft tissue injury.
- Orthopedic surgery. Another area of research is medical devices and instruments for treating joint arthritis and skeletal fracture.
Significance to patient care
The goal of this research is primarily translational, using a bench-to-bedside approach. Dr. An and colleagues work with clinicians to find solutions that will meet patient needs in the future, thereby applying tested engineering concepts to patient care. Recent developments of the image-based assessment of the anatomical morphology and tissue material properties have great potential for diagnosis and outcome evaluation.
- Ian Kelly Best Paper Award, International Congress on Shoulder & Elbow Surgery, 2010
- Wartenweiler Memorial Lecture, International Society of Biomechanics, 2007
- Aircast Award for Clinical Science, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, 2007
- Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2007
- Borelli Award, American Society of Biomechanics, 2005
Department of Orthopedic Surgery in Minnesota